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David L. Miller, 69, of Duluth, passed away surrounded by his loving family at his home, Thursday, May 15, 2014.

David was born Sept. 15, 1944 in Ashland, Wis., to Hilma Elaine Maki Miller and LeRoy Miller.

He grew up in Minneapolis, and graduated from Washburn High School in 1962. He attended the U of M where he met Anne Johnson. He graduated from the U of M with a BS in Forestry. He began his career in the United States Forest Service in June of 1966. He married Anne Johnson on Oct. 1, 1966 in St. Edward's Episcopal Church in St. Louis Park. They had two daughters, Ellen Marie Miller and Sarah Anne Miller. He retired from the Forest Service after 30 years and he and Anne returned to Duluth, in 1997 when he accepted a job with the MN DNR as the coordinator for the Landscape Program of the Minnesota Forest Resource Council. He retired from this position in 2005.

Dave enjoyed golfing, bowling, woodworking and spending time with family and friends, plus his work as a Township Supervisor with Duluth Township.

He was preceded in death by his parents and Anne's parents.

In July of 2013 Dave was diagnosed with lung cancer and began a new journey. His battle ended peacefully in the quiet hours of May 15, 2014. He was taken by the angels leaving behind his wife of 47 years, Anne Miller; two daughters, Ellen Miller-Lindgren of Duluth and Sarah Miller of Jordan, Minn.; three grandchildren, Mitchell Martin, Katrina Lindgren, and Ahnnali Lindgren; two sons-in-law, Brian Martin and John Lindgren.

The family would like to extend our deepest appreciation and thanks to Dr. David Hutchinson, Dr. Basem Goueli and Theresa for their compassionate and loving care and St. Luke's Hospice Nurses, Pam, Wendy, Mary Louise and especially Kristin who helped ease David's final passage into new life.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in First United Methodist Church, 230 East Skyline, Duluth, with Dr. David Bard officiating. Please leave a memory of David or words of support for the family at

As he wished, memorials have been set up at the following places, Nature Conservancy; MN Center for Environmental Advocacy, St. Luke's Hospice and First United Methodist Church.